The College English Association—Caribbean Chapter (CEA-CC), a gathering of scholar-teachers in English, welcomes proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) for our 2016 annual conference which will be held at the University of Puerto Rico, in Mayagüez on Friday, March 11 and Saturday March 12, 2016. The topic for the 2016 conference is Animals in Literature and Film. The conference will explore the role of non-human animals in the literary imagination. Animals have had a ubiquitous role in literary representation from antiquity to the present. This role has acquired an important focus in recent critical theory, especially in posthumanism approaches.
Over the last decade, the vibrant subfield of Afro-Asian Studies has played an integral role in advancing comparative racial analysis, highlighting the deep and under-recognized history of political cross-fertilizations that have taken shape among Africa's and Asia's diasporic communities and, in particular, between these continents' anti-colonial nationalist leaders, such as Chairman Mao, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Ho Chi Minh.
SYNOPTIQUE Journal Colloquium
October 16-17, 2015
HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS: Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media
DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 15th, 2015
Colloquium hosted by the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Reconstruction 17.1, In-Between Spaces: Interstices and Borders of Identity
(Abstracts 250-500 words due Dec 1, 2015, full papers due Mar 1, 2016)
Edited by Amanda Gradisek and Ron Scott
How to think of life-in all its forms-when the future is not what it used to be? How to think of we and I when the very weather itself has forced us to consider anew the radical entanglement of oneself and others, of human and nature, of the living with the other-than-living, of the present and the past and the future? These questions drive much contemporary theory and practice in the arts, the humanities and sciences, acting as the generative terrain of new interdisciplinary collaborations. Running through this new work is a deep vein of enquiry around the terms "human", "life", "nature", "culture", "death", "writing", "agency", and "animal", and enquiries into how we might think of human as entangled with land and other life forms.
The Caribbean is as much the site of shared history as it is the site of unique, cultural experiences. But what is privileged as knowledge, and what is relegated to collective memory? Caribbean writers have been turning to the past for no less than a hundred years, but contemporary Caribbean artists are doing so anew and in ways that deeply interrogate the relationship between history, culture, and collective memory. Building on the work of poet Grace Nichols, collective memory is personal history.
Recent examinations of the functioning of the past within detective fiction – whether going back in time to reconstruct a crime or examine a larger criminal pattern/ trend in a past period – raise the question of how "dead," to borrow Faulkner's famous line, the past is. Whether considered from the standpoint of physics (time as a function of space and the expansion of the universe) or, as may seem more obvious, history, time is clearly neither dead/ finished nor objective, even indifferent, or perceived as such.
Margins, an international peer-reviewed journal, is published annually by the Department of English, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam. It offers a space for the exploration of the marginal in its theoretical implications and in literature and culture through four kinds of writings: 1) It welcomes examination of the historical and the contemporary through interdisciplinary perspectives – looking at texts in both their wider conceptual and immediate situational significance (7500 and 10,000 words).
Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel (9/30/2015; 3/17-3/20 2016) NeMLA Hartford, CT
Experimentations in the Postcolonial Novel: Writing and Re-writing Gender Panel
Chair: Tara Harney-Mahajan
47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016; Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut
The conference will include a wide variety of sessions and topics on possible connections among (and tension between) literature, aesthetics, theory, and belief, broadly defined. Sessions will include—but not limited to—
•Creative writers discussing connections among (or possible conflicts between) aesthetics and faith in either their own work or the work of others.
•The analysis of literary texts or cultural artifacts that in some way explore or embody one or more aspects of religious belief or practice, broadly defined.